2345 Tasting Notes

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drank Banana Taffy by Capital Teas
2345 tasting notes

This came with my last Capital Teas order and I’m finally getting around to trying it. Yes there are HUGE pieces of dried fruit in the mix & this is one of those things you don’t know whether to eat or drink.

This tisane is odd. It smells like banana taffy but there is so much fruit going on in the mix. You get banana, orange and pineapple along with rooibos. I love banana flavored things so I wish they had played that up instead of the other fruit elements. You can’t taste much rooibos here.

I have a few other CT blends which I love but this is kind of a dud. I might need to try this iced as it really reminds me of juice more than taffy or anything else. Should be renamed as “Tropical Fruit Rooibos”

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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I decided I was going to try the Amazon fresh delivery service for my groceries since I’m not able to do a lot of grocery shopping with my injury. The service was great aside from the fact that the frozen food and even produce came inside styrofoam boxes, which I then had to dismantle. I’m not a big fan of sytrofoam for environmental reasons.

Anyway they did have quite a few teas by Tiesta (and others), which is a company I’ve never tried. This sounded good to me and I brewed it up this afternoon.

I was really hoping for more of a kiwi flavor in this. I’m getting more apple than kiwi but I’m finding it there when the cup cools. I see dried apple and lemon bits in the brewed tea but I think the kiwi might be flavoring only. I like the green tea base in this blend which is very refreshing and I’m getting a bit of tartness in the overall finish. I will have to experiment a bit with the brewing parameters of this to see if I can do anything to make the kiwi come through. This is ok but not really what I was expecting. Will have to try cold brewing this.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissB

If it helps, I once got a ton of styrofoam myself and was frustrated what to do with it. Landfills refuse to accept it here. So I put out an ad on Craigslist for it all, to give it away free, and I had almost 40 people vying for it! It ended up getting split between an artist who carves sculptures out of it, and a lady using it to insulate her cold space.

Anna

Kiwi is tricky. My Kiwi Vanilla from Kränku is still my fave fave.

TeaBrat

thanks MissB – that is funny!

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77
drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Last night I was having a serious craving for sweets so it’s probably a good thing I don’t have any in the house! I’m not getting much exercise while I stay at home with my broken arm and I’m hoping not to gain any weight during this time.

So somehow this seems slightly decadent to me this morning. I brewed it in my stump teapot and am finding it fairly tasty. I am picking up toffee and marigolds although it is not a super strong flavor. I enjoyed this with a bit of stevia and soymilk. Getting a bit of burnt sugar in it somewhere. I’ll close my eyes and pretend I’m doing something really sinful – he he he. See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

Hope your arm heals quickly…

TeaBrat

thanks! xox

Suziqzer

Sounds like a good one. Considering a Simpson & Vail order in my near future. :)

TeaBrat

Suz – I’ve been shopping with them for years, they definitely have a lot of stuff to try!

Suziqzer

I got a catalog from them recently… Could be dangerous!

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drank citrus kiss by Good Earth
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My sweetie likes lemongrass and I thought I’d had this herbal tea once when I was at his house so I picked up a box recently. It’s made with decaf green tea, lemongrass and various other herbs. When you put the brewed tea to your nose it smells a bit like lemon pledge, eww. To me the flavor is just so over the top, sickening sweet. They definitely overdid the stevia in this blend. I wish tea companies would stop doing this. Most of us have access to sugar or sweetener of our choice so why not let people sweeten to taste?

It’s kind of rare that I don’t want to finish a cup of tea but I can barely get started with this one. Ick.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
CharlotteZero

:-( Lemon Pledge.

TeaBrat

sooo bad, lol

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70
drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample tea… it’s a rainy dreary day we are having but that’s good because California really needs the rain. It’s been a really long few days of me sitting around by myself on pain meds. so bored of it already. I never thought I’d be excited about the thought of being at the office.
;-)

I like banana teas and I really liked the bananas foster that 52T had put out a while ago. I’m not sure if I steeped this long enough because both the base and the banana flavor seem kind of thin and light. I do get the banana and something I would regard as a creamy sweetness so I added a bit of soymilk to that to see what would happen.

So far I’m not thrilled by this but I do have a bit left in my sample to try steeping it longer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This isn’t as good as I remember it but I’m not sure why… I’m not getting as much almond or pastry as I am getting a slight fruitiness, but it could be my tastebuds are off. I’ve been drinking a lot of old favorites which I haven’t been logging. Typing with my left hand only is a bit of a chore but I am getting a little faster at it lately.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the evening here and a sipdown… this is a little bit tart due to the hibiscus and very fruity. Difficult to taste any white tea in here but not a bad blend overall. see previous notes if interested.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea of the morning here. I’ve reviewed this one before and it’s so unique and lovely. I am digging the fir scent/flavor of this one a lot. Good tea cheers me up quite a bit, I just wish I could do more stuff right now. Seriously considering hiring a home health aide…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77
drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Good morning Steepster,
Life has been sucky for me since I broke my arm last Saturday. I’ve been in a lot of pain and it’s also difficult to do things with one hand. Luckily I can type a bit with my left hand and use the mouse. Teabags seem easier because less clean up is involved, but getting these individual packets out is not. I’ve had this particular SS tea before and it isn’t one of my favorites from them but it’s pretty good for a 2nd flush darjeeling. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
caile

Oh gosh, that’s too bad about your arm! Hopefully the pain will subside soon!

Dinosara

Ouch! Hope it heals quickly!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

CharlotteZero

I hope your arm feels better soon!

Sil

ack! having never broken anything, i can’t imagine the pain and annoyance. I hope that it heals nicely for you..and super faster than normal!

ifjuly

sorry to hear about your arm! i hope you feel better ASAP.

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It’s been far too long since I have had this. Today I brewed some up with the intention of making it into an iced tea to have with lunch. It has a nice honey type of after taste which I hadn’t noticed before. Could it be improving with age? he he

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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